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Editoryal Jean Dominique, plen iwoni, sou pouvwa pèpetyèl ansyen divalyeris -- “yo toujou la!” -- aprè Ernest Bennett tounen an Ayiti epi yo arete li poutèt li te detounen lajan leta pandan Jean-Claude Duvalier te prezidan. Radyo Ayiti te pale sou arestasyon Bennett ak tout akizasyon koripsyon ki leve kont li, epi sou wòl frè li, Pitchoune Bennett, nan masak Bwa Kayiman/Oboy nan 1994. Daprè Dominique, Bennett te “fikse sou mwen.” Dominique di prizon kote Bennett la ye genlè liksye konpare ak Fò Dimanch kote rejim Duvalier a te lage tout advèsè l yo. Dominique kontinye bay Bennett vag; konsa Bennett vin pi frèt avè l. Li lonje dwèt sou Dominique paske li di Dominique fè kout lang sou pitit fi li, Michèle Bennett, lè li di Michèle Bennett te patisipe nan krim kont limanite pandan laprezidans Duvalier. Li di okontrè, Serge Beaulieu di Michèle Bennett se yon “fanm charitab.” Aprè sa, li tonbe fè menas aklè. Bennett di kounye a rèv Dominique la reyalize, paske li wè Bennett nan prizon. “Okontrè,” Dominique di, “se pa t rèv pa m, sa. Se te rèv tout sitwayen ayisyen.”
Jean Dominique’s irony-soaked editorial on the continuing influence of Duvalierists in position of power -- “they’re still here!” -- in light of Ernest Bennett’s return to Haiti and his arrest for embezzling government funds during the Duvalier regime. Radio Haiti discussed Bennett’s arrest and accusations of corruption, and his brother Pitchoune Bennett’s role in the 1994 Borgne/Bassin Caïman massacre. Bennett wrote flattering letters to Dominique and called him from prison repeatedly, and then published a piece in the Nouvelliste addressed to Dominique.; Bennett was, in Jean Dominique’s words, “obsessed with me.” Dominique describes the relative luxury of Bennett’s imprisonment, unlike that of the political prisoners held at Fort Dimanche during the Duvalier dictatorship. As Dominique continues to ignore Bennett’s appeals, Bennett’s tone grows colder. He accuses Dominique of slandering his daughter Michèle Bennett for participating in crimes against humanity during his husband’s presidency; Serge Beaulieu of the Duvalierist Radio Liberté, by contrast, describes her as a “charitable woman.” Bennett progresses to threats, and writes that Dominique’s dream has come true in seeing him imprisoned. “No,” says Dominique, “that was not my dream. That was the dream of all Haitian citizens.”
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